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Published on: 2020-12-26

Christmas this year was unusual for almost everybody, just blame the pandemic. We were not connected together physically, but innovation allows us to be connected all the time. Video calls and other means are here to stay. Unless, like me this year, your router died on Christmas day.

This means no connection, except on our mobile phones. But since we have a monthly plan including only 250MB of data, not a chance to stream movies, to video call people, to get entertained/bored online or get instant answers on everything.

As I’m typing this on my computer, I started to feel something different. The constant connection to the outside world we have on tap is not a thing right now. Like it used to be in 1999 with 56k modem on a wired computer, in the basement, where the phone line was used exclusively to reach the WWW. Every moment was counted, every requests send through the web browser had a purpose. Sending a video, scrolling infinitely a webpage with 100+ pictures or streaming a full movie were not common things.

It’s easy to verse in nostalgia and only remember the positive sides of things without telling the full story. In this case, yes, it was painfully slow and some of you will consider the Web 1.0 as the wild west. I technically consider the current Web as a wild west, full of algorithms, advertisements, scams and other useless elements, bloated in unoptimized webpages to display useless information about people we don’t care on pointless platforms.

Whatever.

Don’t be afraid of the future
It doesn’t include you, it only removes you.
-Powerman 5000 - Wake Up

I try not to be too critical towards the web, but having time off from the network of networks is a good thing for me.

Speaking of innovation…

I was referring above as innovation the way start-ups have to promote themselves to sell new trendy apps, like Zoom per example. The book The Innovation Delusion is a great place to start to remove the varnish on this buzzword that is innovation. Let’s talk about innovation-speak now.
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